Packers: Kevin King’s cap number is very reasonable for 2021

Green Bay Packers, Kevin King - Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers, Kevin King - Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Kevin King re-signing hasn’t proved to be the most popular decision among Green Bay Packers fans so far this offseason, but the deal is actually incredibly reasonable.

For starters, it’s a one-year contract. The Packers aren’t committed to King beyond the 2021 season. If he returns to his 2019 form when he started almost every game and led the team in interceptions, great. If not, the team can move on comfortably next year.

And while it was initially reported as a one-year, $6 million deal, King’s cap hit is actually lower than that based on the structure of the contract.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Packers have added four voidable years to the deal. This allows them to spread out some of the cost of the contract.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, this works out at a cap hit of just $1.95 million this season. For a player who has been a starting cornerback for this defense for four seasons, getting him back on a one-year deal with a cap hit less than $2 million is reasonable, even if he doesn’t end up being a starter all season.

Immediately following the news that King had re-signed, I wrote that Green Bay still needs to make changes at cornerback. The team can’t afford to be done yet. They still need to look to add at the cornerback position this offseason, there’s no doubt about that.

But it’s also fair to look at this contract and think it’s reasonable. King has started 36 games for the Packers. While he’s been inconsistent at times and didn’t play well in the NFC Championship Game this January, he’s been a solid starter and is now back on an incredibly affordable deal.

Should Green Bay be done at cornerback? No, but re-signing King to this contract isn’t a bad move.